St Antony's has evolved over the last 25 years since it came into being as a house of the Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) in 1985 when the Society purchased the main house, formerly St Nicholas Vicarage. During its time as a traditional religious house with the Society of The Sacred Mission brothers, the wonderful award winning chapel was built. Built in the round the chapel is used each day for midday prayer by the team and by larger numbers of individuals and groups who come to St Antony’s. See more about the chapel HERE
In 1998 the Ecumenical Spirituality Project was formed with a Methodist couple joining in with the life of the SSM brothers. The last of the brothers left in March 2011 and the work in is now in the hands of the team of seven from Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Free Church traditions.
The Society of the Sacred Mission continues to support the work of St Antony’s both prayerfully and financially. The Project Director and Administrator are Associates of SSM and very involved in its life.
There is new and growing work at St Antony’s and we work in strong partnership with the churches of the North-East exploring spirituality in traditional and new ways. St Antony’s is a place of open Christian spirituality and complements the Society of the Sacred Mission sister project at the 'Well at Willen' in Milton Keynes where several SSM members live now.
It is also a place of refreshment and deep encounter for people at all stages of the spiritual life and we look forward to welcoming you here in the near future. There is new and growing work at St Antony’s and we work in strong partnership with the churches of the North-East exploring spirituality in traditional and new ways.
You can see more of the Society of the Sacred Mission HERE on their website.
St Antonys Team
is a Methodist Minister and Director of the Project. He is particularly focused on developing Ignatian spirituality, and is a retreat leader and spiritual director. He also leads workshops in Prayer and Movement.